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Old 03-04-2013, 10:21 PM   #1
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Questions on Finishing a Sweater
Hello!

I feel like I have posted so many questions about this sweater, but it's my very first and everything seems so confusing!

http://www.berroco.com/patterns/peter-easy

I am very confused when it comes to finishing. It says:

"using circular needle, beg at left shoulder, pick up and k56 sts along left front neck edge, k1 from holder, place marker, k remaining st from holder, pick up and k56 sts along right front neck edge, then 38 sts along back neck edge 152 sts. Mark for beg of rnd and carry marker up."

What does "pick up stitches" mean? What do they mean, "K1 from holder"? It says to do something similar with the armbands, and I am just sort of lost as to what they are talking about.

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Old 03-04-2013, 10:29 PM   #2
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There's a video for picking up stitched on the Advanced techniques page -- it's a way of knitting into the neck edge to make the neckband, or around the armholes for a finishing band. When you split the front sts for the neck, you put 1 stitch on a holder. The Left and R front edges they're talking about refer to when you wear the sweater, not as you're looking at it.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:42 PM   #3
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I went to the "Advanced Techniques" page but couldn't find a video about picking up stitches. Maybe I am looking for the wrong thing, do you know the name of the video?

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Old 03-04-2013, 11:05 PM   #4
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Sorry, I get the pages mixed up, it was on the Tips page, but here's the direct link.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:44 AM   #5
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Hello!

Posting in here again because after watching the video I am confused as to how I will do that for my sweater. It looks like she already has the orange thread knit into the garment. How will I do that?

I am just reading the "finishing' directions and am still completely lost. What does it mean to "k1 from holder"? And then it says to k56 along right neck edge and then 38 stitches along back neck edge....how exactly will I do that? What does it mean to 'carry the marker up"?

I apologize for all the questions! Maybe I am freaking out a little because this is my first sweater but I truly cannot make sense of anything that is in these finishing directions. Are there any videos that might do something similar to this type of finishing?

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Old 03-23-2013, 11:11 AM   #6
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When you start to pick up sts, hold the yarn end, say about 6 inches worth, in place with your fingers. Once you've picked up a few sts, you can drop the end. It's not going anywhere and if the first few picked up sts seem loose you can give a slight tug on that end to snug them up. The yarn end will get woven in when you've finished the collar.
You're going to pick up sts down the left neck edge, then knit the single stitch off the holder (it's one of the center stitches of the V). Place a marker and then knit the other stitch from the holder. The marker will be slipped from the left needle to the right everytime you come to it. It'll mark the center for decreases. (You can use the holder like a left needle and knit the stitch off it onto the righthand needle.) Continue on picking up sts up the right neck edge and on across the back.
Take it step by step and you'll get it to work. The picked up stitches always look better than you think they will. The video here is quite good but you can also try this one for a sweater neck.
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